University-wide hiring freeze extended until 2010

first_imgUSC may be enjoying more financial stability than UCLA and its other beleaguered, publicly funded counterparts, but that hasn’t stopped the university from extending its campus-wide staff hiring freeze — originally set to end two months ago — until June 2010.USC officials said the extension was imposed in the interest of saving money under the current economic circumstances, but they emphasized that the freeze is merely precautionary and not indicative of financial strife.“We are not having those kinds of serious economic challenges that other schools are,” said Elizabeth Garrett, vice president for academic planning and budget. “At the same time, we know we live in a world that is very different than the world three or four years ago. We want to be careful with the resources we have.”Garrett said there are no specific saving or job-shedding goals for the freeze, and that USC has yet to test the freeze’s effect on the university’s savings.“This is more of an effort to be prudent as opposed to reaching any percentage cut,” she said.Garrett also noted that USC’s employees are not incurring the kinds of pay cuts plaguing some California public university payrolls.The hiring freeze has been in effect since November 2008, when university officials announced that USC would temporarily stop hiring and replacing university staff. But rather than simply halting the hiring process, the university opted to put 400 open positions up for review. Many were eliminated, but some critical jobs were filled. Since then, the university’s approach to hiring has been generally cautious, but sensitive to the critical needs of the community.Garrett said requests for hires are considered on a case-by-case basis. Departments wanting to hire staff members must explain why the position is necessary to the university and then the provost’s office makes a decision.“We don’t approve everything that’s asked,” Garrett said. “We’ve been very firm with the schools in making it clear to them that we expect them to only request exceptions when they have very good cases.”Currently, USC is hiring for approximately 600 positions, 300 of which are patient care positions at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital, said Janis B. McEldowney, associate senior vice president of administrative operations. In February — before the purchase of the hospital — the university was hiring for just 193 positions, compared to 465 at that time last year, McEldowney said.While the effect of the hiring freeze is palpable among university staff, USC officials said very few employees have lodged complaints.McEldowney said many of her colleagues even appreciate being forced to conserve resources. For example, Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for USC Libraries, said having to take a “critical look” at his list of potential hires makes his department more productive.“We understand the need for caution in this economic climate and we don’t expect that every hire will be approved,” he said. “We’ve found the process to be fair and reasonable. The upside is that it provides one more opportunity to review every hiring decision in the context of the bigger picture — how will the proposed position help us provide library services and collections to students, faculty and staff?” he said.The freeze is currently scheduled to expire next June, but Garrett didn’t rule out another extension.“It’s so hard to predict what will happen with the economy,” she said. “As long as we think it’s prudent for this university, we will continue to take steps that have been warranted.”last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: April Students of the Month announced

first_imgFriday May 15thNormal 1st through 4th hours.Students not taking finals are released at 11:18.All students taking finals will attend first lunch.1st hour Final- 11:45-1:232nd Hour Final- 1:28-3:05 Tuesday May 19th7th Hour Final- 8p.m.-9:378th Hour Final- 9:42-11:18School is dismissed for the summer at 11:18. *Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford at ktfordatusd353.com. *Volleyball girls- Camp Forms, Fundraising forms and money need to be turned into the office. *Congratulations to the April Students of the Month:9th- Jack Heimer10th- Cassidy Harriger11th- Jared Shields12th- Shayna Templeton *Any student that missed the Drivers Ed meeting on Wednesday can see Mr. Wilmoth today. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, May 4, 2015:Monday•Tennis at Winfield 10 a.m.•JV Golf at WHS 3 p.m.•C-team Baseball at WHS 4 p.m.Tuesday•Golf at Hesston 8 a.m.•JV Golf at Clearwater 3 p.m.Wednesday•Lions Club Awards 10 p.m. in Auditorium.Thursday•Regional Tennis 10 a.m.•Golf at Tex Consolver 3 p.m.•Baseball at WHS vs Clearwater 4 p.m.•Softball at WHS vs Clearwater 4:30 p.m.Friday•Regional Tennis at Winfield 10 a.m.•Track at Chaparral 3 p.m.Saturday•Baseball at Ark City 4 p.m., 6 p.m.•Regional Tennis at Winfield 9 a.m. Today’s Lunch: Tater Tot Casserole, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Steamed Carrots, Biscuits with Jelly, Applesauce and Milk.Tomorrow’s Lunch– Pork Rib with Bun, Romaine and Tomato, Tri-Tater, Green Beans, Pineapple, Apple Crisp and Milk.Today’s News *JV Golf will be dismissed at 1 p.m.*There will be a meeting on Wednesday after school in the health room for anyone interested in participating in Cross Country next school year.*Congratulations to BayLee Pacchelli who broke into semi-finals in serious solo acting and placed 10th out of 39 this weekend at state forensics.*New Leadership candidates, please see Mrs. Defore to set up an interview appointment.*Final Schedule–Students must be in the classroom for the entire finals period and cannot be released early, even if they finish early.center_img *Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!  You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b *There are only three applicants for NHS officers next year. Please come get a form from Ms. Hollas if you are interested. *Senior Finals will be on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th. Seniors only need to come Monday  morning if they are taking a final the following day in class.  Mondays finals will be 5th,6th,7th and 8th periods. Tuesdays finals will be  1st,2nd,3rd and 4th periods. Seniors will be dismissed after 4th hour on Tuesday. Today is:National Weather Observers DayNational Orange Juice DayNational Melanoma MondayNational Star Wars Day Monday May 18th3rd hour Final- 8p.m.-9:374th hour final- 9:42-11:18All students taking finals will attend first lunch5th hour Final- 11:45-1:236th hour Final- 1:28-3:05last_img read more